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Topic: SLEEP

  1. Keypi
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    27 February 2019 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi Dools,

    Lol yes reading always makes me tired, the funny thing is I was very tired last night but when I went to bed I just couldn't sleep but I couldn't get up because I was so tired, for some reason I couldn't get comfortable and felt a bit restless. I'm not sure if the medication my dr put my on made me wake up.

    I'll have to see how I go tonight and I try some of those things you suggested :)

    Thank you,

    Keypi :)

  2. Doolhof
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    27 February 2019 in reply to Keypi

    HI again Keypi,

    All you can do is try! I know that some nights reading will send me to sleep other nights I can read for hours and still not feel tired!

    Really hope something helps!

    Cheers again from Dools

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  3. Keypi
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    27 February 2019 in reply to Doolhof

    Thanks Dools,

    and I hope everyone gets a good sleep, wishing you sweet dreams

    sleep tight,

    Keypi :)

  4. Guest_2496
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    28 February 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Hi all

    Keypi - how was the house sitting? get a good sleep?

    Dools - you mentioned reading can be good for dropping off...the last two books I read I was so engrossed in that may have been part of the problem actually. I just wanted to keep reading ha ha!

    Paul - great points, I can relate to several of them sigh...

    still waking up every few hours but at least going to sleep (for the first time) alot earlier than 3am ;-)

  5. Keypi
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    28 February 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi Annie,

    The house sitting was good and the bed was really comfy :) I was tired and able to get to sleep ok but staying asleep is always the hard part over all I got 3-4 hours over the night after waking up several times.

    Since I haven't had much sleep recently I gave in and had a nap today to some what help my brain function lol. I have a good feeling about tonight though. I'm going to set up and audio book that helps sometimes :)

    Well going to sleep before 3am is still good, and yes it can be hard to put down a good book.

    Talk to you guys soon,

    Keypi :)

  6. Guest_2496
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    1 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Hi Keypi

    I don't mind a nap in the day but I haven't been able to have one lately. What is it with waking up over and over during the night?! grrr

    Going to get a massage today - can't wait!

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  7. Doolhof
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    1 March 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi annie, Keypi and All,

    Yes, sometimes I think we need to find a mediocre book to read before sleeping! One that will be interesting enough but not to the point where you want o keep reading! Ha. Ha.

    This morning I was so tired at 9.30 I went back to bed. I don't usually do this, obviously I was exhausted for one reason or another so decided to do as my body needed.

    In some countries people do have a siesta in the middle of the day, shops shut and re open later. Maybe those people have it right! Who knows.

    Cheers all from Dools

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    1 March 2019 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone heard of or tried weighted blankets for aiding with sleep?

    If I have asked this before just add memory loss to lack of sleep as my list of woes!!

    Quirky

  9. Doolhof
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    1 March 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirky,

    Yes, I did hear of this idea being advertised recently. I don't know how it would go with people suffering from aches and pains though, all that added weight would increase pressure.

    In all this heat we are having in our region, anything more than a sheet is too much! Might work if we left the air conditioner on all night! Unless you can have something weighted and not too warm!

    Hey, I know, load a plastic covering up with ice! There! Sorted!

    Cheers all. I have tonight organised!

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  10. Keypi
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    1 March 2019 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi Everyone how are we all doing?

    Annie - A massage sounds nice I think I really should book in to get one too, I hope you have a nice time :)

    Dools - Haha yes a half decent book but not too gripping :P Yes sometimes I think we just have to let our body rest do what it needs and try to reset. And I'm keen to try your new ice blanket invention :D

    Quirky - I have recently been thinking if it would be a good idea or not, I haven't yet made the dive to get one though still trying to decide plus they are pretty expensive. So I want to know if I really want one or not.

    Keep cool,

    Keypi :)

  11. Keypi
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    2 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Alrighty it's 5:24am I am finally rolling into bed and I am sooo tired I can barely keep my eyes open, I think I might actually get some sleep very soon!

    Sleep well everyone,

    Keypi :)

  12. Doolhof
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    2 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Hi Keypi, annie, Quirky and all reading,

    Last night I took a stronger sleeping tablet the Dr gave me. I still woke up a few times but managed to get back to sleep. This morning I feel really tired and like a zombie. I also know the pill makes me feel like a tiger with a sore tooth so I am going to have to be careful what I say to people today! Ha. Ha.

    I will try not to take too many swipes at my husband! It is a bit like having a dose of truth syrup and the crankies all in one.

    I wonder if it is really worth taking with these side effects? Maybe natural tiredness is better than these side effects!

    I am raving like a lunatic! Oh the joys of a messed up head!

    Cheers all from Dools

  13. Guest_1055
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    2 March 2019

    Hi all,

    Well my sleeping patterns are all over the place. And I have not had any more caffeine either. I have noticed lack of quality sleep and no set routine effects my life big time. I have really noticed it. I use to sleep fairly good last year. So I can easily make a comparison.

    Anyway I have been reading a little bit about circadian rhythm. ( not sure if that is correct spelling) Anyone else know about this?

    Anyway that is my plan for the next coming week. I am going to work on training my body to go to sleep at a regular and set time each night and wake up at a set time.

    Why? Because honestly I cannot keep this up, not sleeping well. And sometimes not at all. I try to be positive. But it really sucks as my quality of life as gone down hill because of this sleep issue. And it cannot be healthy either.

  14. Guest_2496
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    2 March 2019 in reply to Guest_1055

    What a bunch we are...alot of non sleeping going on among us!

    Keypi - the massage didn't really help, set me off into a panic attack, so much for relaxation!!

    I'm really looking forward to some cooler weather. I think when I can leave my balcony door open I tend to sleep better.

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    2 March 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi Everyone!

    Its soooo hot...omg

    Annie......Dools has a good point about some light meds before bed (if prescribed of course)

    I have a anti anxiety med that I have a tiny part of (when required) when I have difficulty sleeping....If I can ask....how did the panic attack feel?.....as in...out of 10?

    I hope you have a better sleep tonight

    kindest thoughts always

    Paul

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  16. Guest_2496
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    3 March 2019 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul

    I haven't been prescribed any meds at the moment. (I take a couple for other things and I imagine juggling it all would be 'interesting'!) Way back I had something that you could take as needed and it helped a lot but these days they don't prescribe that particular one...

    I had a panic attack Friday and another yesterday. They always feel like a 10 Paul just cos I hate them so much, but especially when you haven't had one in a while it's the 'worst ever'. And even after all these years it usually takes me a little while to recognise it IS a panic attack grr. I'd say Friday was probably a 5 and Saturday 6 or 7 but I've never actually been asked to rate one before - interesting?!

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  17. Keypi
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    3 March 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hi Annie,

    Damn that really sucks that the massage didn't go well, sometimes I am a bit scared about going to get a massage I'm not really sure why I guess I worry they will do it really hard even when I ask them to do it softer.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been having panic attacks, yeah they are really awful, the other week I had 3 in one week and before then it had been years. It's such a horrible feeling :(

    As I haven't been sleeping very well and was feeling so tired and decided to sleep a bit today I felt a bit more functional for the afternoon so that was good I guess I just home I'll be able to stay asleep through the night tonight, fingers crossed.

    I hope you get some rest too Annie,

    Keypi :)

  18. RockToReef
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    3 March 2019
    I don't know if anyone has heard of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) ... I don't really know much about it but I have watched a few youtube videos and it is definitely relaxing. Some people swear by it and listen to it while they sleep. Its all sorts of sounds and whispers and tapping on the mic and other things that are supposed to help you relax.
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  19. Keypi
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    3 March 2019 in reply to RockToReef

    Hi RocktoReef,

    Yes actually a couple of work colleges told me they listen to it, I had forgotten all about it. I might take another look into it and see if it can help me get to sleep.

    Keypi :)

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    4 March 2019 in reply to Guest_2496

    Hello Dools and everyone

    Hi Annie

    I didnt want to get off Dools thread topic and venture into meds...Yet depending of the severity of a persons anxiety condition a consult with a doc can sometimes be an excellent pathway to having a good quality sleep

    As ShelleyAnne touched on above.....If we continue to experience poor quality of sleep it can damage our health not to mention possibly increasing any existing anxiety symptoms

    Anxiety is no different....If our anxiety is having an detrimental effect on our day to day well being then its time for a chat with our GP. This is my 36th year working on these issues.

    Its like a dog chasing its tail........If a person has a diagnosed anxiety condition......Poor quality sleep wont be helpful to our recovery....

    I hope that made some sense :-)

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  21. Doolhof
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    5 March 2019 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Everyone,

    Paul, you are more than welcome to mention anything here that you think might assist people with their sleep, mental health issues and life in general.

    Not sleeping can be caused by so many different issues it seems. A chat with a Dr is a good place to start looking for answers and considering our own patterns and life may help increase the chances of better sleep.

    I need to look into this further with my Dr as my lack of sleep is getting ridiculous. I am considering the rubber mallet approach! Ha. Ha.

    RockToReef, I have not heard of ASMR so may investigate that.

    Cheers to you all, from Dools

  22. Keypi
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    5 March 2019 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi Everyone,

    On Sunday night again I did not sleep a wink and these past few weeks have been very frustrating because of it. I've been struggling to drive and concentrate at work, and yes my overall thinking was not good.

    However last night was the best night sleep I have had in weeks! I slept like me old self with a few wake ups during the night but I was able to get back to sleep and actually got more than 4 hours of sleep I feel so happy that I finally slept. I know it's only one night but I am taking the win :D

    I hope everyone's day is a good one,

    Keypi :)

  23. RockToReef
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    5 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    That is definitely a win!!! Good job. Everything starts with one small step at a time and slowly over time when you look back you realise how far you have come.

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  24. blondguy
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    6 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Hi Keypi

    Good to know you had a reasonably decent sleep. Sometimes when we have a major life event we may experience ongoing lack of sleep (which you know anyway) I really hope you have continued improvement with the quality of your sleep!

    Hey RocktoReef.......Great to see you again...Nice1

    Hey Dools......You are a legend at writing threads.....I really love this one!

    Have the best possible Thursday everyone

    Paul

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  25. Keypi
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    8 March 2019 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Everyone,

    How are we all going?

    Annie have you been getting much sleep?

    Well since that one night I slept really well it's pretty much back to only a few hours a night so that sucks but otherwise not going too bad with it :)

    - Keypi :)

  26. Guest_2496
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    8 March 2019 in reply to Keypi
    Not much difference here Keypi, some nights I'm exhausted enough though :-) and some days I nap.
  27. Paw Prints
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    10 March 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirkywords,

    When I was on the Psych ward they gave me a weighted blanket to use & it helped heaps sleep wise. My sister tells me I also used it like a shawl at times & found it helpful. (I had ECT so big memory gaps) It is the same principle as swaddling a baby or using a thunder shirt on a dog. I now have one for home & find just having it over my legs when I'm on the couch is helpful when I'm having a bad day.

    Paw Prints

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  28. Keypi
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    20 March 2019 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Everyone,

    That sounds good paw prints, I'd really like to get one where did you get yours from?

    I had a good sleep last night, but tonight I'm feeling really restless and I can just tell it's not going to be a good night I'm just dreading it I'm not sure what to do to help me stay asleep I'm feeling a bit worried about it as I have been functioning very well at work and it's stressing me out a bit :/

    Well I hope everyone else sleeps well, talk to you soon,

    Keypi :)

  29. Paw Prints
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    20 March 2019 in reply to Keypi

    Hello Keypi,

    I don't think we are allowed to recommend companies on this site, but if you google "weighted blanket australia" you will see a few places to get one.

    Paw Prints

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  30. Keypi
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    21 March 2019 in reply to Paw Prints

    oh really?

    Ok thank you anyway, i'll take a look :)

    Keypi :)

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